It is unlike anything you have ever used before. It is so “different” that your attempts to use it, without at least some introductory help such as this, are quite likely to fail.
If I were to draw a short vertical line on a piece of paper, and then ask you if that was the letter “l” or the letter “i” or the number “1” you would not be able to answer that with any certainty. This is a problem that even the best handwriting recognition software would not be able to answer. In order to even make a proper “guess”, any person would need to see the letter placed in some sort of “context”.
APE requires you to “draw” the characters in a very specific way on a one inch square 3 x 3 grid. If you follow a few specific rules APE will always “know” exactly which characters you “meant”, and will never “need to guess”. Because APE "requires" you to draw them the same way you have been drawing them since the first grade, APE is very easy to learn!
The Ape Grid is made up of 3 columns and 3 rows, with the 9 regions numbered from 1 to 9 for references here.
In summary, the letters are drawn fitted towards the lower left corner of the grid, the numbers are drawn three rows high and fitted towards the right hand side of the grid.
The Letter l
The Letter i
The Number 1
By following just these few simple rules 1 thru 5, you will be able to quickly and accurately enter over 95% of the characters you normally use in everyday life.
And using rule #6 will provide quick and easy access to learning the rest!
But when you do need to correct mistakes made, the full set of cursor movement keys that support auto repeat allow you to quickly and accurately move the cursor, select text by combining cursor movement with the shift or caps lock strokes, and even copy and paste as desired by using the ctrl key modifiers, ctrl c, ctrl x, ctrl v, to copy, cut or paste text. Ctrl a will select all text.
At times it will quicker and easier to move the cursor by touching the screen at the new location, and at other times it will be much quicker and more accurate to move the cursor using the APE cursor movement strokes.
The help provided by the Help Stroke provides much more in the way of Hints and Tips to using using APE successfully and efficiently.
Exactly how to correctly draw the rest of the characters is always readily available by using the Help Stroke. Note how the letters and numbers are almost exactly the way you have been drawing them for years already.The Letters A to Z
This last set of accented characters allows APE ™ to support the entire English, Spanish, French and German alphabets, including those important characters ¡, ¿, Ñ, ß, Ç Æ, and Œ.Accented Characters
This section describes how to use the Advanced APE features, including Shift and Caps Lock, Control Characters, AutoRepeat, Function Keys and Alt KeysAdvanced APE